Elementary Mathematical Modeling
Fall Semester 2005
Instructor: Alan Stein
Monday and Wednesday, 11:15-12:30, Room 327
Elementary Mathematical Modeling: Functions and Graphs, 1/e
By Mary Ellen Davis and C. Henry Edwards
Published By Prentice-Hall
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It is recommended that students check their email regularly. Your
instructor will use email to communicate with the entire class between
meetings as well as to communicate with individual students.
The goal of Math 107 is to present a conceptually and technologically intensive sample of the role of algebra and trigonometry in modeling real-life phenomena, with only modest emphasis on symbolic manipulation.
You should expect to do a majority of your learning
outside the classroom, generally spending between six and nine hours a week
working on this class. Mathematics, like most subjects, is learned by
doing it, and we won't have time for you to do a lot of mathematics in
class. On the other hand, you are expected to come to class and you are
responsible for everything that happens in class whether you are there
or not. If you miss a class, you are expected to immediately find out what
happened either from me (email is wonderful for that) or from your
classmates. Most of all, it is expected that you will get excited about
what you are learning and to delight in your own, perhaps unexpected,
ability to solve intriguing problems.
You may be assigned several projects during the semester to be worked on
in groups. Projects will be graded on accuracy, creativity and
presentation. We will begin the projects in class, but additional time
outside of class will be required to complete them.
Exams and Grading
There will probably be three in-class examinations as well as some group projects, possibly problem sets, possibly a number of short quizzes, and a final examination. Exams will be worth 100 points each, problem sets 50 points each, quizzes 10 points each and the final examination 150 points. At the end of the semester, the total number of points earned will be divided by the maximum number of possible points to determine the average for each student.
The first exam will be given Monday, October 10.
There may be a number of problem sets handed out during the course of the semester. Each problem set will be worth 50 points. Specific policies regarding the completion of problem sets are available elsewhere on this web site.
It is important to note that each set will have a due date. It is permissible to submit completed sets prior to the due date; no sets will be accepted after the due date.
Notes and Slides
There are available for many of my classes. The following are specific sets of slides that have been used in this particular course.
- Chapter 1 -- Linear Functions and Models
The final examination is scheduled for Monday, December 12, 2005, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
The final examination will be cumulative.